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EXPRESSIONS OF THE BLUES
Portraits on Tin Tile by Carol Boss at Delta Cultural Center
Oct 07, 2021, 9:00 AM CDT – Jan 24, 2022, 5:00 PM CST
Helena-West Helena,
141 Cherry St, Helena, AR 72342, USA

For more information

DeltaCulturalCenter.org

 
ABOUT EXPRESSIONS OF THE BLUES

Expressions of the Blues is a collection of painted portraits of Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel musicians. The artists I’ve chosen to paint are people whose music and story truly inspire me. I have seen many of them perform which has given me the opportunity to photograph and video them. I have been lucky to share conversations, friendships and a common love for the Blues with some of these artists. I am trying to create an emotion in these paintings. I want the audience to really get the feel of the artist in the piece through the brush strokes, color, expressions in their eyes and on their faces. Please take the time to check out these Blues artists and experience their inspiration.

 
 
Brotha Ric Patton
Brotha Ric Patton

“Playing the blues is nothing I found, it found me. I have been doing so long, I just do it. When I play and sing it’s like painting a picture with live people in it. I have fun and amuse myself with the paint and sound; I think that’s what folks enjoy about my blues, I play it in a mix color way. ” — “Brotha Ric” Patton, Sr.

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Michael “Iron Man” Burks
Michael “Iron Man” Burks

“You’ve got to put hard work in to get something out of it. It don’t come easy. I do a lot of miles and there’s a lot of sleepless nights." — Michael Burks

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Blind Mississippi Morris
Blind Mississippi Morris

“Music titled ‘Blues’ is a way to express the way one lives or feels when words just don't say enough.” — Blind Mississippi Morris

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Sean “Mack” McDonald
Sean “Mack” McDonald

“The blues hasn’t died at all. It lives on in the young musicians like myself and others. Whenever we pick up our instruments, we’re just carrying on the traditions of our ancestors that started the music. I’m just glad to keep it going.” — Sean “Mack” McDonald

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Larry McCray
Larry McCray

“I’m so happy and grateful for the job that I have had for the last 35 to 40 years and that’s playing music. Love to all the people who supported it and thank you for the opportunity. The only other thing I could pray for is more longevity.” — Larry McCray

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Willie Cobbs
Willie Cobbs

“Main thing is I just don’t hear my kind of music anymore so I just wanted to put that out there. I didn’t have to do this. I could have stayed retired — I’m 87 years old — but I’m just trying to come back one more time.’" — Willie Cobbs

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Phillip Stackhouse
Phillip Stackhouse

“The Blues isn’t just music, but it is an emotional genre that extends through all the other genres. It’s something we all experience every day, and it never goes away. Sometimes it is happy and joyful and other times is sad and disheartening, but the blues is something felt by all of us even if we don’t know what it really is. Overall, The Blues is something that has to be felt to be truly understood.” — Phillip D’Anthoni Stackhouse

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CeDell Davis
CeDell Davis

"Don't plan on dying. Plan on living. Dying will take care of itself." — CeDell Davis

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Lucious Spiller
Lucious Spiller

“Keep the blues alive. Pass it on.” — Lucious Spiller

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Six String Andrew
Six String Andrew

“The blues is an amazing genre of music where people can express their emotions through song.” —“Six String Andrew” Sullivan

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Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright
Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright

“I’m truly blessed. With music we can go anywhere we want to go. I’m free when I play music – everybody else is free with music.” — Mookie Cartwright

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Anne Harris
Anne Harris

“Blues music is Africa's gift to to the world as channeled through the hearts and struggles of African American people. But its spirit and soul are universal to the human experience and live beyond geographic boundaries and racial divisions. It is the expression of humanity's soul.”

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Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin

“Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.”

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B.B. King
B.B. King

“Blues is a tonic for whatever ails you. I could play the blues and then not be blue anymore.”

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Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith

“I don't want no drummer. I set the tempo.”

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Big George Brock
Big George Brock

“There ain’t nothin I think better than the blues in my life. The blues represent what it represent when I was a child. Cause it never changed and I never changed. I love the blues. It’s just like medicine. I love the blues like mama love her baby child.”

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Carl White, _Stud Ford_
Carl White, _Stud Ford_
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Charles “Skeet“ Rodgers
Charles “Skeet“ Rodgers

“There’s one thing no one can take from me... that’s my passion for the Blues. Because the Blues is in my soul’.”

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Chris Shepherd
Chris Shepherd

“Changing the world one Blues song at a time.”

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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

“The blues is nothin' but life.”

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Little Dylan Triplett
Little Dylan Triplett

“If you ain’t living the blues, you ain’t singing the blues.”

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Eugene Johnson
Eugene Johnson

“I’m a firm believer in making a song my own.”

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Gene Jackson
Gene Jackson

“The blues gives me an open door to love what I'm doing for the world...it's my light in the dark when I'm down.”

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Henry Townsend
Henry Townsend

“As time pass, you progress whether you tryin’ to or not. Down through time, it applies to everybody: The more you work at it, the better you gotta get.”

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James “Super Chikan” Johnson
James “Super Chikan” Johnson
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Jesse Cotton Stone
Jesse Cotton Stone

“To me, blues music is a universal cathartic expression of the human condition. I know where it came from. But, I don’t care who you are, anybody can feel it.”

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Jontavious  Willis
Jontavious Willis

“The blues is the roots of American music and it’s great to explore the roots.”

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Jacinta “Ms. Hy-C” Branch-Griffin
Jacinta “Ms. Hy-C” Branch-Griffin

“Blues is a good Feeling that expresses how we live where you been and where you’re going.”

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Leo “Bud” Welch
Leo “Bud” Welch

“So, as long as I can, I want to go around the world trying to send satisfaction to people. Doing that is a great feeling to me.”

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Marquise Knox
Marquise Knox

“I want to be known and as big as B.B. King throughout the whole world. I want everyone to know about this kid that can play the blues as if I was there when it was made, and to show that the young kids can do something with their life.”

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Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch
Matt “The Rattlesnake” Lesch

"The blues is the basis of all modern music and it has changed my life forever. I don't know where I would be without it.”

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Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples

“Well Lord, I'm still on the case. I'm still doing what Dr. King and Pops want me to do. I'm still on that freedom highway, and I’m going to walk on it until Dr. King's dream is realized.”

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Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters

“I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.”

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Omar S. Gordon
Omar S. Gordon

“Music was kind of like a medicine for me. ‘Cause when I was depressed, I picked up my guitar and I practice and I practice and I say I’m going to get better and I’m going to play until I fall asleep or play until my fingers hurt and I can’t even feel the pain anymore.”

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R.L. Burnside
R.L. Burnside

“It's bad you know.”

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Renee Smith
Renee Smith

"It's going to be very warm here with the Holy Spirit, I tell ya."

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Roland Johnson
Roland Johnson

“If you want to call it blues, soul, funk, rock and roll, whatever… It’s music. For real and from the heart. That’s the way we do it, every night.”

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Sharon Bear
Sharon Bear

“Call the names of our ancestors down and honor them daily.”

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Toronzo Cannon
Toronzo Cannon

“You don’t choose the blues, the blues choose you.”

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Uvee Hayes
Uvee Hayes

“I was born into the Blues.”

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MORE to COME
MORE to COME

Please be patient. I'm still working on it. I will add more artist as time goes by,

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CAROL BOSS

Carol Boss, born and raised in a small town in south-central Missouri, has been a St. Louis resident since 1995. In 2016, a series of events inspired her to take some time away from her successful graphics business and managing Big George Brock to focus on painting a Hope Series, then soon after Expressions of the Blues, a collection of painted portraits of Blues, R&B, Soul and Gospel musicians. The artists she chose to paint are people whose music and story truly inspire Carol. She is also known for larger painting projects such as the musician wall mural at Hwy 61 Roadhouse in Webster Groves as well as Big George Brock’s Blues Bus. Carol has always had a profound passion for painting and music, and she often combines the two. Influenced by Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh’s vibrant use of color and harsh brush strokes, Carol’s painting style is typically realistic in shape with bright accents of color. Her paintings often tell a story. Currently, most of Carol’s time is spent with her family, making art, seeing music and working as a digital artist/retoucher.

When asked about her art she simply says, “I’m a painter.”